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May 10, 2019

posted May 12, 2019, 12:14 PM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians,
On Sunday, we will celebrate Mother’s Day. I often wonder if it was the card companies that created these holidays. I learned this week a little about the history of Mother’s Day by reading information on the history.com website. Ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses, Rhea and Cybele. The United Kingdom and parts of Europe celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent when the faithful would return to their “mother church” for a special service. Over time, it became more of a secular holiday. In the United States, the origin dates back to the 19th century. Some early activists include Ann Reeves Jarvis, Julia Ward Howe, Juliet Calhoun Blakely, Mary Towles Sasseen, and Frank Hering. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing Mother’s Day to be the second Sunday in May.

Our mothers or mother figures not only teach us when we are young but their lessons continue throughout all of our lives. I am so fortunate to have one amazing mom! She has been a “rock star” since day one. At one point, my mom had four children, including a set of twins, all under the age of four. She has always put our needs first. Through her actions and words, she has shown us—unconditional love, kindness, hard work, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, toughness, loyalty, commitment, and friendship. As a kid, I don’t think it registered with me all of the things she did. All I knew was that she was always there, running the house, making meals, supervising us, and giving hugs. As I grew into a teenager, I started to realize how she put her needs last, was the disciplinarian in our family, continued to run the house, and saw her amazing work ethic. As an adult, I have seen more clearly her unconditional love for her family and my dad, witnessed her honesty, watched her budget finances, and admired her strengthen of character in so many situations. How lucky am I for all that my mom has provided and given to me!

In my reading, I also learned that more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. This really didn’t surprise me. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, godmothers, and foster mothers within our school community. May you be celebrated and loved not only Sunday but every day!